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St. John Medical Center threatens Mobilize Ohio with defamation suit


Cleveland Plain Dealer

WESTLAKE, Ohio -- About 50 people gathered across from St. John Medical Center in Westlake Sunday afternoon to protest the closure of two primary care practices that operated in the hospital.

St. John Medical Center threatened Mobilize Ohio with a defamation suit.

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Down with the legacy parties

update, via Valley Girl, a graph of partisan political identification:

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Max Brantley on the Arkansas Senate primary

Salon has a great interview with Max Brantley on the Halter Lincoln contest. Read below the fold...

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More ink for the teach-in counter-conference

Liberal Activists Say Focus on Long-Term Debt is ‘Misguided’

Other critics of Washington's view of the debt take that a step further: Not only are today's deficits of little importance, they say, but the federal deficit itself is no measure of the country's fiscal condition. Liberal blogs such as Firedoglake and New Deal 2.0 organized a counter-summit in Washington to preach this gospel, known as Modern Monetary Theory.

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Immigration deform

Please read Jeralyn, it is much worse than we thought. It is not just biometric cards, as bad as that is, they are planning to throw an high tech iron curtain across our southern border (to keep them out or us in?). There is more money for the war on some of the people who do drugs and a faith based preference for immigration applicants. Because we do not have enough preachers in this country. Read below the fold...

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Unemployed? 99-er? Fax your resume to your congress-critter!

Unemployed? Fax or email your resume to your Congressional representatives!

NOTE Of course, if there were a JG (Jobs Guarantee) to make sure that everybody who wanted to work had a job, this wouldn't be necessary. --lambert Read below the fold...

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Getting through to PBS and Frontline

Michael Getler, PBS's Ombudsman writes a follow op column on the Frontline Follies, check out the letters he reproduces: Read below the fold...

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Action Alert: Rally for doctors in Westlake Ohio

From Healthcare-NOW!

Dear Healthcare-NOW! Supporter:

We're writing to call your attention to an extremely significant event in the Cleveland area.

Dr. George Randt and his colleague are board-certified internists who have had a contractual relationship with St. John Medical Center covering some 2,500 patients for several years. These two doctors have excellent records with the hospital, high patient satisfaction and retention rates, and have never had an unfavorable review.

This past month they were notified by the president of their hospital, Mr. Cliff Coker, that their contracts were being terminated because they were not sufficiently profit-driven and "volume oriented," i.e., not seeing enough patients quickly enough.

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Obama's nominees for the Federal Reserve


Besides Yellen, who would be vice chairman replacing outgoing No. 2 Donald Kohn, Obama will tap Sarah Raskin, a top banking supervisor for the state of Maryland, and economist Peter Diamond, who has written extensively about the government-run Social Security program, to fill Fed vacancies.

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We have been heard, Michael Getler of PBS responds

Our calls and emails have been heard, Michael Getler responds to our criticism of Frontline:

At least some of that ambivalence was in evidence this week when our office was deluged with almost a thousand critical e-mails from people who said they were upset and angry that an hour-long look back at how the White House ultimately hammered out a historic agreement on health care, aptly titled "Obama's Deal," failed to deal with the single-payer system advocated by many of those who were not part of the deal.

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We can't afford the Empire

Defense Spending and Debt chart

This chart from Seeing the Forest tell us everything we need to know about the cause of our budget deficit. Notice that it goes UP after the end of the cold war? Clearly nothing to do with national security. Read below the fold...

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Obama is a very strong leader

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President Obama talks to progressive supporters.

Open Left:

Senate Dems haven't dropped liquidation fund yet . Even though they were undercut by the White House's offer to summarily drop the liquidation fund, in ongoing talks with Senate Republicans, Senate Democrats are refusing to drop the provision unless it actually nets votes:

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Fair Elections Now Act

Thursday: Let’s Discuss the Fair Elections Now Act

While single-payer is the most popular reform in polling of the public, physicians and nurses, it was largely “off the table” in Congress during the reform debate. It is clear that members of Congress, of both parties, are dependent on campaign money from the industries that benefit most from preserving the current broken health care system.

What can single-payer advocates do to change this situation?

Healthcare-NOW! has endorsed the Fair Elections Now Act as one way to loosen the grip of for-profit interests over our democracy. ...

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